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Gastonia Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Gastonia, North Carolina Big plans in the Little Cit Bessemer starts Spring with improvement plans ass a of Mem Bessemer City a to do list a a Shell building where 114 w. Virginia ave. Value purchased for $1,000 in 2004. Land currently valued at $15,329, according to tax records. Cost of project $200,000. Purpose upgrade property for new business. A a Community Center where 14th Street in City Park built in 1974 project should begin in May and take a year. Bathrooms and a new Kitchen will be added and updates will be made to the inside of the facility. Purpose the Center hosts Community events and lunch for seniors five Days a week. It can hold about 80 people. With renovations the building will be Able to accommodate 150. Cost of project $1.2 million. About half will be covered by Grant Money. A $355,000 donation from the Kiser fund will be applied and local taxpayers will cover the remaining $145,000. By Diane Turt Fhi Rand ideas can come in Small packages. Leaders in Bessemer City believe that to be True and they re hoping an upcoming project proves them right. The City will soon demolish a dilapidated building along the main drag and replace it with a new one. Planned As a Shell building the new Structure will allow the future tenant to make design choices according to Josh Ross the City s economic development officer. The City purchased the building for $1,000 in 2004. Situated in the too Block of West Virginia Avenue the Structure has fallen into disrepair according to City manager Lames Inman. The property sits Between two vacant buildings each built in the Early 1900s. The Hope is that More than one business owner will see the possibilities when the building is Complete. The City plans to lease and eventually sell the new building and potentially entice other business owners to refurbish the empty businesses next door. A see Bessemer Chy Page 3a a a Street scapes where Pennsylvania Avenue Between 12th and 13th streets improvements sidewalks and Street lights will be replaced. Overhead Utility lines will be buried. The Road will be repaved and a traffic Circle added. Trees will be planted. Scope of project several streets Are being repaved throughout the City. Sidewalks Are being repaired and Trees planted. Work on Pennsylvania Avenue is expected to Start in june and wrap up in late summer. Cost the Pennsylvania Avenue project will Cost about $300,000. That Money will come from a Pool of $1.2 million in state Money designated for Road improvements. Gazette photos by Mike Bensell Johnny Sisk walks along wast Virginia Avena in downtown Bessemer City with his daughter Carolyn 8, and son Donald la on saturday afternoon. Bessemer City has plans to make improvements to its main drag. A Halifax Media group Page edited by Laumon Frame today s obituaries 13b James Burch 78, York . Nicolas Vas Bondor 77, Lake Wylie . Robin Brown 59, Lincolnton John Fox sr., 76, Lincolnton forecast High Low a 67� 38� for Complete weather see Page 2a Day number of of Days year left 89 pm to Call the Gazette 704 869-1700 delivery questions 704-8694800 or director Hospital official overstepped backlash Points to rift on car Mont Board by Michael Barrett a car Mont health Board member has been accused of causing a recent disruption at a local Hospital and suggesting a patient he brought there should receive quicker service. Chris Howell acknowledges that he briefly parked his vehicle in an emergency unloading zone reserved for ambulances at car Mont regional medical Center in Gastonia to get quicker treatment for a teenage student he was supervising. But he said he Only mentioned to a nurse that he was a Hospital braid member in an Effort to Stab in Lish credibility. The incident Elf happened on Al. I the evening of twp Usu March 18 and was Howell addressed behind closed doors during a monday meeting of the car Mont health Board of directors. But Howell believes it is being blown out of proportion As part of an ongoing rift Between More established Board members and recent appointees such As himself. A fall i was doing was trying to help a Young girl who needed some medical attention a he said. A there s poor leadership on the Board and in the Hospital and they re trying to target certain Board members to get car Mont health them off so they can move on with business As emergency visit Howell who is also an elected member of the Gaston county Board of education was appointed to the Hospital Board by Gaston county commissioners this year. A see Hospital Page 3asparks could flying no. In

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